1950s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Vintage wrap-blouse

By on December 14, 2014

vintage wrap blouse

I made this blouse using vintage pattern Bestway D.3,109. It looks to be one of those mail order style patterns from the 50s. I can’t see a date so I’m going by hair and shoes on the cover image!

Bestway D3109

It’s a wrap-over top, held closed with two vintage buttons. The third button is for decorative and balancing purposes! The bottom two buttons sit just above the waistline at the base of the two waist darts. It could really do with a fourth hidden button to keep the under wrap layer in place. But for now, I’m tucking it in my pants!

lighthouse shirt buttons

The back is cut in one piece with extended sleeves and the front yokes form the sleeve fronts.

I love the shape of the neckline and how the collar just lays flat across the collar bone. I’ve not seen this style on any other garment to date.

And as most 1950s patterns go, I love how it’s nipped in at the waist for that flattering silhouette.

lighthouse shirt

When I came to choose the fabric, I knew I needed a crisp, 100% cotton fabric but I didn’t bank on finding a lighthouse print! I think it worked perfectly to achieve the whole vintage repro style!

vintage lighthouse blouse

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1950s | Swimwear / Sunwear | Vintage Sewing

Bombshells and Seashells

By on November 1, 2014

bombshell swimsuit

I made me a swimsuit! And thanks to the wonderful pattern design by Closet Case Files I couldn’t be happier. Not technically a vintage pattern but it comes with a definite nod to the 50s! I love how it covers most of my body… and holds it all in!

I found it a bit fiddly to make, in places. And I can’t claim any experience working with spandex so I feel a bit of a fail on the inside where it looks a bit scruffy. I sewed the whole thing using a zig zag stitch and so the side seams for instance could really do with a bit of an overlock, especially where the rouched edges create more bulk.

bombshell swimsuit

I encased cups into the halter pieces and sewed them in position by hand with tiny hand stitches.

It really isn’t a bad fit for a first try but next time I would certainly make the elastic in the legholes a bit tighter and perhaps increase the body length a little bit.

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1930s | 1940s | Dresses

1939 Vintage Simplicity Dress

By on August 6, 2014

vintage 1939 dress front

There’s something so magical about creating a dress from an original vintage pattern. Especially when it is 75 years old! This is Vintage Simplicity dress pattern number 3302. And when I came to open the envelope the pieces were not only all present but in pristine condition too!.

vintage simplicity sewing pattern 3302

I just fell in love with the sweetheart neckline and the elegant shape of the skirt. I don’t quite shape up to the lovely svelte ladies on the packet but then I guess they had slightly less food on the table in those days!

side view of dress

The sleeves are  quite something. They are gathered and stiffened with silk organza and have an inverted pleat at the hemline. Pressing the seam onto the sleeve is very important. You wouldn’t believe how high they stick up on the shoulder otherwise!

detail of sleeve pleat

I have a feeling the fabric might be vintage too. I scored it at my local charity shop for a fiver! It’s quite soft and far more drapey than I would expect cotton to behave. And it was only 35 inches wide. Possibly rayon?

sleeve detail

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

mono dress & faux film noir

By on May 28, 2014

self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

self drafted wiggle dress

Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

self drafted wiggle dress

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1950s | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Self-drafted retro top

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self-drafted retro check top

This top is the result of a pattern-drafting class I took recently. The fit isn’t great but it’s one step in the right direction.

I gleaned the design from a 1950s pattern envelope but totally drafted all the pieces myself.

self-drafted retro top

It has a zipper up the left side in true vintage style and is fitted at the waist so I can wear it tucked into a high waist pencil skirt.

I created facings for the armholes and neckline. I wasn’t sure how to do it in one piece what with the rolled over bias collar and all. But its no big shakes. I just tacked the sleeve facings to the neck facing with a couple of stitches on the shoulder line. If I did it again, I might consider using a bias finish on the armhole to save on bulk.

self-drafted retro top

The fit still needs working on. It really is a bit big under bust. But it’s certainly wearable and it feels great to wear an original ooobop!

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

My Vintage Dreamcoat

By on February 3, 2014

1950s Butterick 547

Can’t  quite believe that it’s done! This is the resulting coat from the pattern I bid for on Ebay about 7 months ago!

1950s Butterick 547

The only alterations I made were to take 2 inches from the bust. I actually took half an inch from fronts and back panels all the way down. There was masses of ease and I probably could have lost a bit more but I love how comfy it is and I wouldn’t want to be restricted any more. I also took 4 inches from the hemline!

1950s Butterick 547

The outer pieces came together quite quickly but each of the eight lining panels is serged and hand stitched with tiny stitches inside. That took some doing, I can tell you! The fabric is a ‘quality coating’ from Fabric Dreams and the collar is a short pile faux fur. At some point I’d like to add some fur cuffs too. But that’s another day!

1950s Butterick 547

So happy to have a warm coat! And it’s great for twirling in too!

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Mini Stanley vintage pjs

By on January 2, 2014

I’ve been promising my daughter a pair of pjs for far too long. Most of the patterns I own are vintage ones but I must say that a vintage pyjama is much the same as a modern one! I can’t find a date on this one. Perhaps 1950s or maybe 1960s. What do you think?

maudella 3162 pyjama pattern

Of course the very simplest of designs can be made all the more special with a lovely fabric. And Cath Kidston’s Mini Stanley print worked wonders! Such a soft brushed satin cotton. I am quite jealous!

I’m trying hard to convince my daughter to have the matching top, too but I don’t think 9 year olds can see past those lovely old vintage illustrations!

mini stanley pjs at the window

mini stanley pjs closeup

I’m very time short at the moment so this little 2 hour project was a perfect kick start to the new year. Hoping to share some more interesting makes soon!

Also blogged at ooobop!

Happy New Year everyone x

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